Sep 19, 2019
The Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, is the mountain range that inspired Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia clothing) to spend his life climbing mountains. Breathtaking in beauty, this remote and rugged mountain range is not nearly as well known as the Tetons, but is just as striking, and not as crowded.
Where is the Wind River Range located?
The Wind River Range is a couple hour drive south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Most people fly in to the beautiful Jackson Hole airport. Try to allow a couple of days to explore this great town, as well as some days hiking and playing in the Tetons just outside of town. You can listen to the Teton podcast episode and see more photos here.
The Wind River Range runs about 100 miles in a NW-SE direction, including about 80 miles of the Continental Divide following the crest of the range. The Wind River mountains include Wyoming's highest peak, Gannett Peak at 13,804′ (4207 m). The range includes two large national forests and three wilderness areas.
The entire Wind River Range is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Part of the range falls within the Wind River Indian Reservations.
There are about 600 miles of hiking trails in the Wind River Range and many consider this are to have the most beautiful mountains in Wyoming.
Our guest today, Paula Talbott, trekked the Wind River Range with my affiliate Wildland Trekking. WIldland offers seven treks of varying difficulty, including some that are llama supported, meaning you only have to carry your day pack instead of a backpack and all the weight. Paula did Wildland's most difficult adventure, the Boulder to Green River Lakes 7 day trek. Here is a list of Wildland Trekking's Wind River Range treks. Note that they offer all of these treks as a custom hike, so you can choose whether to hike with just your own group, or hike to meet other like minded folks who love the wild.
Click Here for the Show Notes: https://activetraveladventures.com/hike-wind-river-range-wyoming/